The WHO says, “Omicron poses a very high risk of new COVID-19 outbreaks.” Biden says, “Omicron lockdown not needed for now.” Then, I saw this quote from a credentialed “expert,” Dr. Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School: “Everyone is afraid that Omicron will be significantly more transmissible than Delta. Upon first impression, it looks like it could be. But that could be totally wrong. Right now, nobody knows. The problem is that our data is very limited.”
Are the big news organizations just fear-mongering or should we be concerned? Does a “very high risk of new COVID-19 outbreaks” mean higher hospitalization or death rates? What should we be concerned about? The efficacy of the vaccine against the Omicron variant? The efficacy of the therapeutics? Another potential lockdown? COVID-19 transitioning from pandemic to endemic?
We’ve been told that a new variant of COVID-19 called “Omicron” has been identified. I believe this is a fact. If you also believe this is a factual statement, I have two questions: 1) How would you have reported this news? 2) Now that you know about Omicron, what action will you take?
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